Nutanix Releases Free Community Edition
A while ago I spoke with Nutanix and learned a bit about their view of the recent trend to bring many of the functions of distributed systems back together in "Hyperconverged" systems. To summarize: Nutanix has developed system software that brings together the functions of industry standard x86-based systems, storage services and storage and offers it as a "software driven virtual computing platform." This makes it possible for systems and storage to be seen as a pool of resources that can be easily expanded as needed.
Historical Industry Trends
As I’ve pointed out before, platforms originally hosted all an application’s components on a single machine. As the industry sought out ways to improve performance, reliability and scalability, suppliers moved each of those functions into a separate appliance server. While this approach did offer enterprises the ability to apply as much processing horsepower as needed, it also meant that the enterprise datacenter became overwhelmingly complex.
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Nutanix Introduces Free Community Edition- Virtualization Review Columns